- Jul 21, 2005
They didn't have enough pitching behind Pedro but the offense was pretty damned good that season. Saberhagen was actually really good that season but he was only able to pitch 119 innings and I think he was physically done by the time the playoffs came around.The 1999 Red Sox had absolute peak Pedro and peak Nomar, along with some nice complementary pieces. Too bad they couldn't do more with it that year.
I actually marvel at the 2000 team even more....they had peak Pedro, peak Nomar, and peak Carl Everett (a 5 WAR player) and still couldn't win more than 85 games. The only other position player who accrued more than 2 WAR was Trot Nixon (2.5 bWAR). The rest were basically replacement level that season....which is hard to accomplish.
Same deal on the pitching side. Only Pedro (11.7 bWAR) and Derek Lowe (3.5 bWAR) were able to eclipse 2 WAR seasons.